“The Brooklyn sanitary fair was a magnificent affair.”
Lavinia Goodell, March 10, 1864
In 1864, Lavinia Goodell was living in Brooklyn with her parents and working with her father in editing the Principia anti-slavery newspaper. In her spare time, Lavinia enjoyed taking in cultural events and expositions. In March of 1864, along with thousands of other people, she visited the Brooklyn sanitary fair.
During the Civil War, sanitary fairs were held to raise money for the war effort in
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